Distributed-power Open Standards Alliance

Press Release

Tyco Electronics and SynQor Form Alliance

Driving Standardization of High Performance DC-DC Converters

February 2, 2004

Dallas, TX – Tyco Electronics Power Systems, Inc. and SynQor, Inc. have formed the Distributed-power Open Standards Alliance (DOSA) to ensure future DC-DC product compatibility and standardization within the increasingly fragmented power converter market. Ultimately, the alliance will be the vehicle that establishes standards over a broad range of power converter form factors, footprints, feature sets and functionality for both non-isolated (POL) and isolated applications, including intermediate bus converters. Alliance membership is open to qualified companies per the alliance charter. DOSA converters will be geared towards wireless infrastructure, optical switching, networking, storage and industrial systems.

“The past two years have seen a sudden proliferation of new power architectures, package sizes, pin-outs and functionality, leading converter manufacturers to announce products that are increasingly incompatible,” said Sabi Varma, Vice President, Marketing and Business Operations at Tyco Electronics Power Systems. “The alliance addresses this concern and aims to facilitate market competition by developing product standards to ensure our customers have multiple sourcing options.”

Joe Coupal, SynQor Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales adds, “Our major customers view the DC-DC market as too fragmented, and they have encouraged us to take the lead in promoting greater standardization. Our goal with the alliance is to ensure compatibility among the market leading converter products and offer our customers secure second sourcing and competitive pricing.” Both Tyco and SynQor have design facilities in Dallas, Texas, which will facilitate the development of future standards.

Under the terms of the alliance, the members will independently develop DC-DC converters with pin-for-pin compatibility, identical form factors and functionally equivalent feature sets, thereby guaranteeing end users the benefits of true second sourcing options. Tyco's recently announced Austin Lynx II POL converters will be the first product addressed by the alliance. DOSA will also align future product roadmaps, including a new sixteenth brick converter, while developing other requirements, including high current quarter brick pin-out designs, output voltage sequencing for POL modules in the Austin SuperLynxTM module form factor and consensus for standards on surface-mount technology and lead-free initiatives.

Members of the alliance will jointly announce future product offerings that are compatible as drop-in replacements.

For additional information, contact Tyco Electronics via phone at 800-526-7819, or the web at or SynQor via phone at 888-567-9596, or the web at



This release may contain certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to risks, uncertainty and changes in circumstances, which may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from anticipated results, performance or achievements. All statements contained herein that are not clearly historical in nature are forward looking and the words "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "estimate," "plan," and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. More detailed information about these and other factors is set forth in Tyco's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2003. Tyco is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Austin SuperLynx is a trademark of Tyco Electronics Power Systems, Inc.


Tyco Electronics Power Systems, a division of Tyco Electronics, is a leading global provider of innovative, reliable power supply products including AC-DC and DC-DC switching power supplies, batteries and complete communications and energy power systems. Tyco Electronics Power Systems also offers custom design, engineering, installation and technical support services to its customers.


Tyco Electronics is one of the major business segments of Tyco International Ltd. (NYSE: TYC, LSE: TYI, BSX: TYC). Tyco Electronics is the world's largest passive electronic components manufacturer; a world leader in cutting-edge wireless, active fiber optic and complete power systems technologies; and is also rapidly developing extensive networking and building technology installation services. Tyco Electronics provides advanced technology products from over forty well-known and respected brands, including Agastat, Alcoswitch, AMP, AMP NETCONNECT, Buchanan, CII, CoEv, Critchley, Elcon, Elo TouchSystems, M/A-COM, Madison Cable, OEG, OneSource Building Technologies, Potter & Brumfield, Raychem, Schrack, Simel and TDI Batteries. Tyco is a trademark.


SynQor is the technology leader in high efficiency dc/dc converters for distributed power architectures. SynQor's products exceed the exacting performance, quality, and reliability requirements of its world-class customers. SynQor serves the converging telecom and datacom markets with their high-efficiency PowerQor®, DualQor®, BusQor®, NiQor® and HyperQor® families of dc/dc converters. SynQor's products are designed to meet the challenging demands of OEM engineers building today's communications infrastructure hardware. SynQor is a privately owned company headquartered in Boxborough, Massachusetts with offices in Dallas Texas, Europe, Singapore, Korea, China and Japan.

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